NRES Student Ambassador Ava Traverso
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Year/Graduation: Junior, May 2023
Concentration: Human Dimensions of the Environment
Why Illinois? – What factors helped contribute to your decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?
When I was applying to colleges in High School, I wasn't sure that I would end up in Illinois. It was definitely an option in my mind because both of my parents went here and met here. After being invited to events through the college of ACES and getting to know the programs, I knew that NRES with the University would be the right fit for me. With such a warm and accommodating staff, with extremely helpful professors, I knew that ACES at Illinois would be the place where I could succeed.
Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?
I always have had a passion for the environment. It was this love I had in my life that I was not sure if I would be able to make a career of, but then I stumbled upon the NRES program when I was applying for schools. Seeing such a strong team of professionals with the same love I had for the planet, it really helped solidify that this was the program where I needed to be. Ever since then, I have been proven time and time again that NRES is a wonderful program to be a part of.